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OAAA E-Weekly Newsletter

The Office of African-American Affairs  Newsletter Highlighting Events and Opportunities for OAAA Students

"Young, Gifted & Black:

40 Years of Preparing Students for the Quest"

Special Announcement

Graduating Fourth-Years – remember to check your UVA email to RSVP by Friday, April 26
for the 15th Annual Donning of the Kente program on Friday, May 17!


Information and applications are on line now for the 2019-2020
OAAA / GradSTAR Faculty-Student Mentoring Program!
Student Application Deadline: Monday, April 29 at 5:00 pm


The Office of African-American Affairs is on FACEBOOK! LIKE US to keep up-to-date with events and more info about OAAA!


Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, April 30 – Courses end

Wednesday, May 1 – Reading Day  

Thursday, May 2 – Friday, May 10 – Examinations

Sunday, May 5; Wednesday, May 8 – Reading Days

Friday, May 17 – OAAA 15th Annual Donning of the Kente Program, Old Cabell Hall (tickets needed)

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19 – Final Exercises Weekend



Quote of the Week

“I wasn’t concerned about the hardships because I always felt I was doing what I had to do, what I wanted to do and what I was destined to do.” - Katherine Dunham

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Randy Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a ‘Triple Hoo’ and an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, who studies health disparities, including prostate cancer and chronic illness. He has received funded research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the American Nurses Foundation.   Dr. Jones is currently a Principal Investigator on an NIH/NINR-R01 grant that focuses on advanced prostate cancer and treatment decision-making. He has also held a number of leadership roles within his profession, and is a member of several boards, Dr. Jones has also received numerous honors, including being a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholar Alumnus, a National Advisory Committee (NAC) member for the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program, and a National Black Nurses Association Institute of Excellence Scholar. Dr. Jones earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Hampden-Sydney College, later attending the University of Virginia, where he earned his BSN, MSN, a Post-Master's, and a PhD in nursing.

You can nominate someone (not yourself) to be in the Spotlight.
Send your nominations to Dean Patrice Grimes ( every Thursday by 12 noon.

Quote's Corner

Katherine Dunham (June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an African-American dancerchoreographer, author, educator, anthropologist, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in African-American and European theater of the 20th century, and directed her own dance company for many years. She has been called the "matriarch and queen mother of black dance." At the height of her career in the 1940s and 1950s, Dunham was renowned throughout Europe and Latin America and was widely popular in the United States. Not only did Dunham shed light on the cultural value of black dance, but she clearly contributed to changing perceptions of blacks in America by showing society that as a black woman, she could be an intelligent scholar, a beautiful dancer, and a skilled choreographer.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Opportunities with Deadlines.

The Z Society Gilbert J. Sullivan Internship Application

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 27 at 11:37 pm (Second Round)

All returning undergraduates are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship to support an internship that is otherwise unattainable due to financial constraints. The scholarship application is attached in this email. Students should submit any questions or applications to

2019 Sylvia Terry Scholarship Application

Application Deadline: Saturday, May 18

The 2019 Terry scholarship will provide full tuition and fees for rising third-year African-American students enrolled at the University of Virginia who are Virginia residents. The scholarship recognizes the scholastic and community achievements of the recipient. Ideal applicants have strong grades, leadership activities, and community service. Preference is given to academically strong candidates with significant experience as peer advisors in the Office of African-American Affairs. Once the scholar is selected, the award is renewed for an additional year if the Scholar meets the eligibility criteria of maintaining a 2.75 GPA and participating in Ridley Scholar programming. If you have any questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Travis Robertson.

UVA’s Echols Scholars Program

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 29

First year students in the College can apply into to the Echols Scholars Program now. Echols scholars enjoy the benefits of priority in class sign-up times, exemption from area requirements, advising opportunities, special events, and most importantly, a community of scholars who actively pursue their intellectual curiosities. In past years, many minority student were unaware of this opportunity, so students in minority organizations on Grounds are encouraged to encouraged to apply. Submit an application form, responses to three application essay questions, an unofficial transcript from SIS, a 1-page resume, and one letter of recommendation. For ,more information visit


Hiring SURP Undergrad Admin Assistant

VEST and SURP programs seek a Student Administrative Assistant who is enrolled in a bachelors program at UVA. The position requires the student to work 10-20 hours per week during May through August 2019 (scheduling of hours will be flexible depending on SURP program activities and needs). Responsibilities will likely change over the course of the summer or year and may include: 1) Assisting with program coordination and communication, 2) Assisting in coordination of events, including VEST workshops and SURP activities, 3) Working in teams with faculty, staff, and other students. Interested students should submit a resume, letter of interest, and summer availability to

Seeking Summer Enrichment Program Residential Camp Counselors

The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is seeking counselors for its 2019 residential program.  SEP is a beloved program that has been in existence for over 40 years and is held on grounds.  The position includes a wage plus room and board for 7 weeks in June and July.  For a full description of the position and application information, please go to

In DC this summer? Volunteer with the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture (MMAAHC)

Smithsonian volunteers play essential roles in sharing the rich collections, exhibitions, research, and educational programming with the public. This summer, NMAAHC the Early Childhood Education Initiative team will launch an educational program series for children, ages 0 to 8, and their caregivers. Volunteers will assist with music performances, story times, infant and toddler programs, community and family events, hands-on and craft activities and more. For more information, visit

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Summer Hiring

Provide equal opportunities for children with disabilities, who are rising Kindergarten-6th graders, and attend an inclusive camp program. Inclusion. When not working with children with disabilities, the Inclusion Counselor will perform typical camp duties related to supervising and effectively leading camp and outdoor recreational day camp activities. For more information, or to apply

Madison House Summer Volunteering

Will you be here in Charlottesville for at least 3 weeks this summer? Are you interested in getting more involved with the Charlottesville community? Consider volunteering this summer! Whether you are taking a class, doing research or you live here, take the opportunity to get more involved with our community. There are many different sites starting at just 1 hour a week! Applications are open now! View our website for more information about sites open and application information. Please contact Caroline Hallowellat with any questions.

Summer Paid Internships: UVA President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation (1865-1965)

Four internships available. Advanced undergraduate or graduate students, with a background in American history, will work with the President’s Commission doing archival research, document photographing, and professional transcription/editing of historical documents (training provided). Interns should demonstrate strong organizational and analytic skills, ability to work independently, and write clearly. These internships pay $10/r. for undergrads, $15/hr. for graduate students (up to 300 hours). To apply visit:

Summer Interns Needed: Jefferson’s University – The Early Life Project 1819-1870 (JUEL)

Apply for three internship positions doing digital history, website development and archival research. Advanced undergraduate or graduate students with background in American history are encouraged to apply. Interns will work with the Jefferson's University: The Early Life project team. They will create and expand a UVA Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH)-sponsored digital humanities archive and website on the early history of the UVA. These internships pay $10/hour (up to 300 hours).  At the end of the summer, the intern will understand the technical processes involved in the digital humanities and the early history of UVA .Visit: for details.

Post-Grad Fellowships for Environmental Work: RAY Fellowship and Meridian Institute Fellowship

The Meridian Institute Ruckelshaus Fellowship provides the next generation of public policy leaders with the skills to support collaboration on complex and controversial problems. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position. Selected Fellows will begin work in summer 2019 at either Meridian’s Dillon, CO, or Washington, DC locations. The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Conservation Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the environmental conservation NGO sector. Visit  or contact Kiera Givens for more information.



This Week in Black History

Did you know…?     1926—The Harlem Globetrotters, a comedic but highly skilled basketball team, was organized by Abe Saperstein in Chicago, Illinois. The group’s original name was the “Savoy Big Five” after Chicago’s Savoy Ballroom. However, in their early games, they wore jerseys suggesting they were from New York. After World War II, they also achieved international fame playing in more than 100 countries. Some of the greatest names to play with the Globetrotters were Geese Ausbie, Goose Tatum, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon.


Did you know…?    The earliest recorded protest against slavery was by the Quakers in 1688. Quakers, also known as “The Society of Friends,” have a long history of abolition. Four Pennsylvania Friends from Germantown wrote the initial protest because they viewed the slave trade as a grave injustice against their fellow man. In their protest they stated, "Pray, what thing in the world can be done worse towards us, then if men should rob or steal us away, and sell us for slaves to strange Countries, separating husband from their wife and children….” Their protest against slavery and human trafficking was presented at a “Monthly Meeting at Dublin” in Philadelphia. Members reviewed the protest, but sent it to the Quarterly Meeting, feeling it was too serious an issue for their own meeting to decide. The four Friends continued their efforts, but it took 88 more years for the Society to officially denounce slavery. Over the centuries, this rare document was lost twice, but rediscovered in 2005, and is now at Haverford College (PA) Special Collections.

OAAA Announcements & Services

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study / Tutoring Sessions & OAAA Student Activities –


“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study Sessions with OAAA Peer Advisors - Spring 2019
Every Sunday through Thursday – 4:00 pm-8:00 pm – LPJ Cultural Center

Calculus Tutoring
Every Tuesday & Thursday – 4:00 pm-6:30 pm – W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row.  

OAAA Biology & Chemistry Tutoring
Every Thursday – 2:00-4:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Center Conference Room (Chemistry)
Every Thursday – 4:00-6:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (Biology)

Spanish Peer Tutoring
Every Monday – 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – LPJ Black Cultural Center and by appointment
For questions, contact Melvin Walker (

RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!

Black Fridays
Every Friday – 1:30 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row

Come & join us for food & fellowship! 

Black College Women (BCW) Book Club Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Sunday -6:30 pm – Maury 113

Black President’s Council (BPC) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Monday - 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall Board Rm 376

Black College Women (BCW) - In the Company of my Sister
Every Wednesday - 12:00 pm - W.E.B Dubois Center Conference Room. Contact: Dean Mason ( for more Information

Black Male Initiative (BMI) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Wednesday – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events at UVA (All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.)

Obstacles and Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity with Kimberly Jenkins Robinson, J.D.

Monday, April 22 – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm - Bavaro 116

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson is the Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law. She is a national expert on educational equity, equal educational opportunity, civil rights and the federal role in U.S. education. She has also written articles in leading journals and has proposed innovative legal and policy solutions to current educational problems.

Earth Week 2019 - Connecting on Climate

Earth Week is a UVA tradition that celebrates the planet we all share. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all invited to take part in any of the 20+ events. Meet your fellow community members, find surprising connections, enjoy the outdoors, and do something good for the Earth! For the full schedule and event descriptions

  • Mon 4/22 – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm - Front of Peabody Hall - Sharing WriteClimate Event with Trace DePass. Join young black poet Trace DePass, who runs the Climate Speaks youth poetry program of the Climate Museum in New York City. Free food, surprise guests and lots of fun! Join us! And follow us @writeclimate on twitter, Instagram, snapchat and FB.
  • Mon 4/22 – 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – O‘Hill Dining West Terrace -- ** Soup & Stories: Fundraising Dinner for the Planet,

Q&A Panel: The Echols Scholars Program

Monday, April 29 – 6:00 pm – Multicultural Student Center.

Attention all 1st years in the College of Arts and Sciences! Apply to join UVA’s Echols Scholars program by filling out the application. Attend an information session about the program and process on Monday, April 29th at 6pm. Dinner will be provided! Please fill out this interest form if you plan to attend or want updates on the program/info session!”

Fellowships Series – Office of Citizen Scholarship Development

Every Monday – 4:00 pm - Rotunda Multipurpose Room 121

Attend introductory workshops every month, which are great for first and second year students, and are the best first touchpoint with the Office of Citizen Scholarship Development. There are a number of sessions dedicated to fellowships that have deadlines in the fall. It is important that students consider opportunities early so that they can take prepare and take advantage of summer advising programs. Third and fourth years, graduate and professional students, and area alumni can attend sessions on the UK Awards, Asia Awards, and the Fulbright US Student Award this spring. For more information

Learning In Action Public Service at UVA
Learning in Action is the front door to public service at the University of Virginia! It connects students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co–curricular service opportunities. There are also resources that direct users to specific programs and offices based on individual interest. Currently, the Community Service Committee of Student Council and Student Affairs Community Engagement group are responsible for all content.



In the Community

Hard Conversations: Introduction to Racism

Now until Friday, April 26

Live Seminars on April 23 (8:00 pm-9:15 pm)

This is a month-long online seminar program hosted by authors, speakers, and social justice activists Patti Digh and Victor Lee Lewis, who want to help people understand the reality of racism by telling their stories and sharing their resources. There are two learning spaces for this course: An online classroom and weekly live seminars. Content and course details will be delivered to your email daily. For details, contact

2019 Virginia Film Festival Fall Internship Program

Deadline Application: Friday, April 26

VAFF Internships are open to current University of Virginia students and are paid positions at the rate of $10/hour. To apply, visit our website to review the Internship areas and send Jenny Mays,  a resume, a one page cover letter detailing which internship(s) you are interested and why, and supplemental materials as noted in the internship description. Please put “2019 VAFF Internship Application [last name]” as the email subject. Fall 2019 areas are: Fundraising, Production & Guest Services, Publicity & Marketing, Festival Scholars Program, Youth Education Programs. Contact Jenny Mays for more information or questions.